25 Aug
POMED’s Stephen McInerney Discusses Bahrain in the Washington Post

On August 23, 2016, POMED's Stephen McInerney was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled, "Clinton’s Bahrain problem has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation," by Josh Rogin. Regarding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's closeness to the Bahraini government, ...

15 Aug
Lebanese Parliament Fails to Pick New President for 43rd Consecutive Time

Photo Credit: The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir For the 43rd consecutive presidential election session, Lebanon's Parliament failed to select a new president. To hold a vote, 86 MP’s of the 128-member legislature are required, but only 20 MP’s arrived for the session. ...

03 Aug
Iraq Launches Investigation into MP Corruption

On Monday, during his questioning at a session of parliament, Iraq’s Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi accused the Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri and several other government officials of involvement in corruption cases. Al-Obeidi, a member of the majority party Unity ...

03 Aug
Palestine to Hold Local Elections for First Time Since 2004

 Photo Credit: Reuters The Palestinian government has announced a date for local and municipal elections for October 8th, 2016, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has said. The elections will include 414 local bodies, which are defined by the Palestinian Central ...

26 Jul
Yemen Talks Extended After Near Collapse

Tensions between the two delegations in the long-running and unfruitful UN-sponsored Yemeni peace talks have escalated rapidly, resulting in a series of ultimatums and a near collapse of the negotiations. The latest political crisis began two weeks ago, when ...

20 Jul
U.S. Statements on Turkey’s Attempted Coup: A Timeline

On the evening of Friday, July 15, factions within the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The coup began between 10:00pm and 11:00pm Turkish local time, or 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), when members of ...

20 Jul
POMED Snapshot: Background on Turkey’s Slide Toward Authoritarianism

As Turkey deals with the aftermath of its failed coup last week, we would like to share our publication from 2015, entitled, "Stunted Democracy: Erdoğan, the AKP, and Turkey’s Slide into Authoritarianism." In it, Howard Eissenstat discusses Turkey's slide toward ...

18 Jul
Bahrain Dissolves Al-Wefaq Opposition Group

On Monday, a court in Bahrain dissolved the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the island-nation’s largest opposition group. Al-Wefaq will be shuttered and its funds will be claimed by the state treasury. The decision comes a month after al-Wefaq was ...

12 Jul
Dissidents Facing Crackdown from Algerian Government

Two Algerian executives at KBC TV have been placed in court ordered pre-trial detention after being accused of making “false declarations” to obtain filming permits for a program. A culture minister employee who had issued the permits was also arrested. ...

12 Jul
Family of Slain U.S. Journalist Sues Assad Government

PC: Paul Conroy The San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability and co-counsel Shearman & Sterling LLP filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government on July 9 for the murder of American journalist Marie Colvin. The suit was filed ...

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